From the City of Richardson (original post):
The Richardson City Council recently recognized 14 projects throughout the city with annual Community Revitalization Awards. Of those, four are in Heights Park.
The City Council created the awards to recognize property owners who have enhanced the community by making significant exterior improvements to their properties, which have, in turn, had a positive impact on the surrounding area.
Both residential and non-residential projects are eligible. Nearly 250 properties have been recognized since 1994.
- Mark Solomon, mayor pro-tem
- Bob Dubey, city council member
- Tom Maxwell Jr., city plan commissioner
- Stephen Springs, city plan commissioner (and civics chair for Heights Park Neighborhood Association)
- Beth Kolman, Chamber of Commerce
Gallagher Residence: 825 Lockwood Drive (top of page)
This Heights Park ranch home built in the late 1950s was remodeled by the Gallagher family. The Gallaghers, who previously lived in Cottonwood Heights, moved to this property for the beauty of the lot and countless stories from friends and neighbors about the greatness of the neighborhood.
This unique project retained the original foundation and exterior walls while also expanding the footprint of the home and adding a detailed second story addition. The brick home was painted and a large covered front porch was constructed. A large, decorative gable with Tudor style windows covers the porch framed by decorative cedar columns atop brick bases and ornamental brick knee walls. Second story dormers, accented with cedar shingles add interest to the roof line. A new, attached side entry garage provides design aspects consistent with the detail of the home itself.
The decorative walkway leads to the front porch, and mature trees were maintained and supplemented with landscaping, including pallets of sod and several tons of rock that were installed by the homeowners. This sweat equity has provided an attractive entrance to this uniquely designed home.
Cantwell Residence: 400 Rustic Circle
In 2016, the homeowner purchased this 1950s home located on Rustic Circle. The interior of the home was gutted while the exterior also received a makeover. Improvements included the painting of the brick home and the addition of cedar shutters to highlight the windows on the front of the home. A meandering lead walk, steps, and a new front door offers an inviting arrival to visitors. Landscape enhancements include the trimming of the existing, mature trees, the addition of new sod, and the planting of evergreen shrubs along the front of the home to soften the appearance of the foundation. This home is an example of what a little tender loving care can accomplish.
Communion Neighborhood Cooperative: 514 Lockwood Drive
This early 1960s commercial property had certainly seen better days. Last year, the property was purchased and repurposed as a co-working office featuring indoor and outdoor dedicated workspace, room for events, and a neighborhood café. Site improvements include a new asphalt overlay on the parking lot along with the addition of an outdoor seating area along the front of the building. The building improvements include the replacement of overhead garage doors, the addition of decorative front doors, a repainted façade, and the addition of planters with Italian Cypress trees along the front of the patio.
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: 421 Custer Road
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany has been at this location since the early 1960s. After years of research and open forums, the congregation decided that the campus needed to expand for much needed space, as well as undergo a major facelift to create a more welcoming identity to the surrounding neighborhood. The expansion included the construction of a two-story, 13,000-square foot Servants Hall that houses the chapel, music suite, nursery, offices and meeting rooms. A new drive and covered porte-cochere define and enhance the main entrance along Custer Road. Additionally the existing landscape has been supplemented with plant material consistent with City policies throughout the campus.
The Community Revitalization Awards recognize owners’ efforts to enhance the community by making significant investments and exterior enhancements to their properties. The council created the awards in 1994 to encourage people to help make a positive impact on their own properties as well as those in the surrounding area.
For more information about the program, visit cor.net/CRA. More information on each property that received an award will be included in the March issue of Richardson Today.